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ACNE!!! Arrrggghhhhhh!!!!!

It happens to the best of us. If Acne had a mother I would go talk to her about the biggest mistake she made by having an offspring. Some people are lucky that acne no longer disrespects them after their teens, but some of us are not so lucky. Adult acne is the worst.

Acne has different grades and can be caused by:
1) Bacteria

2) Clogged follicles

3) Genetics

4) Hormones, Cosmetics, Skincare products, foods, and stress.

If you suffer from any type of acne, the good news is, it’s treatable. It might get worse before it get’s better, so pack your PATIENCE, too.
When buying acne products there are active ingredients you need to look for. The Milady Standard Fundamentals lists the following:
1) Benzoyl Peroxide: This product releases oxygen that kills the bacteria and stops the irritating effects of the bacteria; it also irrigates and sloughs out acne impactions

2) Beta Hydroxy acids(salicylic acid): These products work in conjunction with AHA’s to slough old cells and keep follicles open. BHA’s are not as strong as AHA’s, but they are effective when used alone, especially for sensitive skin(check for aspirin allergies before using salicylic acid)

3) Sulfur Masks: These are effective acne products that exfoliate skin, and heal and dry blemishes(check for sulfur allergies)

4) Vitamins: These oral vitamins should include zinc and B-complex vitamins.

5) Increase Vitamin C: This oral vitamin has antioxidant value and healing effects.

6) AHA’s(glycolic, lactic, malic, citric, and tartaric acids): These products are used in different percentages and pH factors to dissolve the demonsomes between cells to keep skin cells exfoliated. Exfoliation also softens acne impactions and stimulates cell production.

7) Vitamin A: This topical vitamin benefits the skin in several ways; it stimulates new cell production and clears up acne impactions and the skin in general.

8) Healing Creams: These products encourage new cell growth.

9) Oxygen therapy treatments: These products reduce bacteria; they also oxygenate and open impacted follicles for easier extractions.

10) Spot blemish treatment: These include products such as tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide that is applied just on blemishes after cleansing.

Now that you are an “expert” at reading product labels and knowing what works, let’s discuss other factors that can help eliminate acne.

Do it yourself acne care
First things first, you need to wash your face twice daily, preferably with a foaming cleanser.
Be sure to change your pillowcase once every 3 days. The oil from your hair does get on your pillow, and then on your face. Most importantly, keep your hair clean.
There are so many products on the market which can be confusing. Don’t know where to start, start by using products with Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. Both can be used in conjunction for better results, one in the morning and the other at night. Use mild products to avoid irritation and redness.
Eliminate comedogenic products. Oil-free does not mean “noncomedogenic”(meaning it won’t clog pores). Examine the ingredients on product labels to determine if they are correct for problem skin(Miladys).
HAVE REGULAR FACIALS at least once a month or as needed. I can’t stress that enough. If you are on a budget, find an esthetics school in your area. It is quite affordable. The students need their hours to graduate, so they need to practice.
DO NOT PICK on your acne or do your own extractions if you don’t know how. It will only make the situation worse.
What you eat throws up on your face, so stay away from greasy food and alcohol.
Use oil-free moisturizers. Stay away from sunscreen till your acne clears up.
Exercise, practice stress reduction, and DON’T SWEAT THE LITTLE STUFF ON YOUR FACE, literally (:


The Top 3 Benefits of Micro Needling


Have you ever heard of micro-needling? It’s a process that may be performed by an esthetician or at home with the right tools. Micro-needling involves the use of a roller with tiny, thin needles attached to it. The roller is gently pressed against the skin and rolled on the skin both up and down as well as side to side. The micro needling process is known for its ability to induce collagen production and leave the skin looking fresh, smooth, and rejuvenated.

Many micro-needling rollers are available online. While you can purchase a roller and perform the needling process on your skin, you should make sure you know how to do it properly or go to a professional. You don’t want to press down too hard on the skin. When done the right way, the micro needling process will leave your skin looking amazing while reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and even stretch marks.

May Reduce the Appearance of Any Acne Scars

If you’ve suffered from acne for several years, there is a chance you’ve got some scarring on the skin. Several different types of acne scars tend to appear on the surface, including rolling scars and ice pick scars. If you’d like to reduce the appearance of these scars so that they’re not nearly as noticeable, you may want to start the micro needling process. You could even start to see progress after the first treatment.

It’s highly recommended to only use the roller on your face once a week. You don’t want to overdo it and cause any pain or discomfort to your skin from going over it so much with these thin needles.

It Boosts Collagen Production For More Youthful Skin

Even if you don’t have acne scars, you can still benefit from using a roller on the skin and going through with the micro needling process. Because the needles puncture the skin and promote healing while boosting collagen production, regularly using the roller on your skin is a great way to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. You may be able to prevent deep lines and wrinkles from forming on your skin by using the roller.

It’s Something You Can Use on Stretch Marks

Do you have stretch marks? These marks can appear on your body during pregnancy, puberty, and at times when your body is going through changes. Not only does micro-needling reduce the appearance of acne scars, but it also works to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, regardless of how long you’ve had them. The best way to see the difference micro needling can make for your stretch marks is to take pictures before you start using the roller and then continue to take pictures after each treatment to see the positive changes that occur.

Would you like to have skin that looks healthy and flawless? If so, micro needling may be right for you. Although needles are used, the process isn’t painful, and it’s something you should try if you’d like to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks while improving the appearance of your skin.…